reply to post by bknapple32
The ability to methodically research, and study previous murders and murderers, coupled with the ability to meticulously plan, and execute a
methodology of murder of this scale should not suprise ANYONE. BTK, a murderer whose exploits are well documented, was a serial murderer, not a spree
killer. But he aquired legal education, with the intent of making himself more aware of the sorts of forensic details that he would have to be aware
of, in order to evade justice.
Having had a rudimentary education in that field myself, I can attest that it is likely to have consisted of a fair amount of case history, attendant
forensics reports, the results of any psychological profile that may have been assembled as part of an investigation, and details of the way the
police and legal representatives of the state operate, with regard to thier limitations, and thier strengths.
He stalked his victims, learned thier habits, thier routines. He would cut telephone lines to a property, before entering to do his foul deed, and
all while married with two children, active in his local church (in which he posed one of his dead victims in order to take photographs for his own
gratification) and a leader of a local scout group or similar (the outdoor events of which, he used as an oppertunity to go off into the brush, or the
woods, and perform auto errotic asphyxia routines on himself, while photographing himself in the process).
He was able to get away with these crimes for so long, PRECISELY because of his attention to detail, his research on each victim, his studious
Obviously Adam Lanza is a different kettle of fish to Dennis Rader. The most obvious difference, is that although Adam Lanza has been found to have
researched the crime of murder to a significant degree, he either lacked the patience or imagination, or desire to evade justice for any length of
time, as evidenced by the fact that he did not even escape the scene of his crime. With the level of precision suggested by this article, he could
easily have organised an escape if he had so desired.
However, precision and a methodical approach are actually quite common in some manifestations of autism, a condition suffered by Lanza as far as I am
aware. Also, this level of precision may be rare in criminals whose crimes are barbaric in nature, but far from unheard of.